The Volga Boatman (1926 film)

The Volga Boatman is a 1926 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, who reportedly said the film was, "his greatest achievement in picture making". The film's budget was $479,000 and grossed $1.27 million. The film was highly successful, turning William Boyd into matinee idol overnight.

The Volga Boatman
Poster for film
Directed byCecil B. DeMille
Produced byCecil B. DeMille
Written byKonrad Bercovici
Lenore J. Coffee
StarringWilliam Boyd
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
CinematographyJ. Peverell Marley
Arthur C. Miller
Fred Westerberg
Edited byAnne Bauchens
Distributed byProducers Distributing Corporation
Release date
  • May 23, 1926 (1926-05-23)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



On June 27, 2000, the film was released on VHS by Kino Video. In July 2014, The Video Cellar released a lightly tinted DVD version of the film, and is currently the most widely available version. However, this version does not contain a musical score.

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